The ADOPT-A-PEOPLE Concept
God's vision, the end to which all of His dealings with mankind are heading, is painted quite clearly in Revelation 7:9÷
"a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb."
A glorious vision of triumph. And it is through us, the Church, that the task will be completed.
Did you know?
Never before in history have the peoples of the world been so responsive. We are living on the threshold of the greatest harvest of souls that man has ever seen. We are in the final countdown of history where Matt. 24:14 may become a present reality.
The Task Can Be Completed!
1. Identify the goal.
2.Mobilize the manpower.
3. Implement the task in
1. Identify the Goal
In the biblical sense, the shattered map is more accurate: the country of India has some 3,000 tribes, castes and dialects (as estimated by the Institute of Hindu Studies)÷all quite separated from each other like pieces of a shattered map.
(That is difficult for an American to imagine. Try to imagine living surrounded by Souix and Navaho nations, each speaking only their own language. Now imagine planting the church in each: to plant a church effectively you must "become" a native, which can take 10 years per group. \ In India, traveling 100 miles brings you to a new language group! There are similar problems all over the world.)
Is the church planted in India? The question must be asked: which India? There are some 3000 tribes and peoples in India, as separate as the pieces of a shattered map. Some pieces of the map may be marked with a cross: about 26 distinct groups have a viable church among them. Some tribes are 97% Christian! But these tribes can't easily reach the other 2974 language groups walled off by barriers of language and customs. It would take a special, long-term mission effort to learn their language÷with as much difficulty (or more) as any foreign mission team.
When Jesus said, "Make disciples of all nations" (Matt. 28:19), he chose the Greek word ethne, meaning "peoples" or "ethnic groups". He wants the church planted among all tribes, tongues, and peoples÷not just in every country. The question then arises...
How are we doing?
2. Mobilize the Manpower
Mission agencies are registering increased serious interest by new recruits in finishing the missionary task: going where no missionaries have ever gone, planting the church where there currently is no church. Since 1960, the number of full-time missionaries from North America has doubled and "mission" churches around the world are now sending their own missionaries.
"We're beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel," notes Bemie May of Wycliffe Bible Translators. "The Holy Spirit is beginning to send workers for the final harvest." John Kyle, director of Inter-Varsity missions, agrees: "I feel we are truly gearing up for one last thrust at the task of world missions!"
With the last remaining unreached people groups being identified, and the number of new recruits growing, it is becoming clear that the missionary task can truly be completed. Remember: never in history have the peoples of the world been so responsive. There remains one final key: that the churches around the world catch fire with a renewed, hopeful passion to pray down the gates of hell surrounding the remaining 17,000 unreached people groups. And that is the final step...
3. Implement the Task
Could the year come when every group on the list is "adopted" by churches working though mission agencies? Imagine working together to complete the missionary task! If even one-tenth of the evangelical congregations took their small part of the final mission task remaining, the Great Commission could be completed -fulfilling God's highest expressed desire for His Church.
What does it mean to "adopt" an unreached people group?
ðIt means that a group of churches, or a group within a church, takes on the challenge to reach an unreached group . The churches work through their chosen mission agency, providing informed, concerned, dedicated prayer and support.
ðIt does not mean giving up current mission support, but taking on a new, more intimate commitment. The supported mission team becomes part of the church family, sending back high-quality, detailed prayer information. The adopting churches come to know their unreached group intimately, allowing them into their hearts and into the lifeblood of their daily prayers.
ðIt means staying with the task for however long it takes to establish a small, growing church which can begin evangelizing its own people.
ðIt means the joy and excitement of being part. of a worldwide cooperative effort involving thousands of churches and hundreds of mission agencies to finish the job we were given by Jesus Himself÷by each taking a small, bite-sized piece of the task.
Steps to Adopting a People
The "adopt a people" program provides the avenue for serious evangelical congregations to become deeply involved in finishing the task. In adopting a people, the unreached world is no longer "out of sight and mind". The task is no longer over-whelming but exhilarating as measurable progress begins to be made in individual people groups. A gripping sense of being able to finish the task can take hold as breakthoughs are reported with excitement each month. Missions becomes an achievable challenge to the prayer life of the church. The church is not merely dutifully supporting missionaries, but reaching a people that has never been reached before.
And as that begins to happen in many churches, indeed the task can be completed.
1. Contact your denominational mission agency, or prayerfully select from the list of mission agencies below which one you should contact. The agency may assign you a people group or send you a list of people groups they are targeting.
2. Diligently seek the Lord as to which people He would have your church adopt.
3. Ask the agency to send you any information they have on this people and to put you on the mailing list of the team working among them.
4. Order the article "Researching Hidden Peoples in the Library" to obtain further details on your adopted people group.
5. Begin to receive special offerings or save your "loose change"* and have your church send it to the agency supervising the efforts. Designate this money for outreach to your adopted people group.
1. How to Get One Started in Your Church
2. The Global Prayer Digest
3. The Hidden People Sunday
4. The Year of Vision
5. The Loose Change IProgram
6. Monthly Video MISSION UPDATE
List of Agencies Participating in Adopt-A-PeopleAfrica Inland Mission
1605 Elizabeth St. Pasadena, CA 91104
Contact: Barbara Brown
Plus many others, arrangements pending